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Wine Trip

  • Bus tour
  • 3 days
  • Perfect for small or middle sized groups

Legend says that the Thracian god of wine was born just north of the Danube Delta. When the Romans occupied this area, it was often referred to as Happy Dacia (Dacia Felix) because of the richness that the land provided for growing wine. Vineyards throughout Romania have survived and still produce these high quality wines today.
Due to its local soil and climate, Romania attracted countries like France, Germany, and Italy to invest in vineyards since the 19th century. Therefore, you’ll find here a variety of different wines, such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Romania has four major wine-producing regions. Discover the wines of the gods and find out what makes them so unique.


Day 1: Culture and Wine

The small town of Sânnicolaul Mare was one of the cultural centers of the Banat Swabians. We walk along the pedestrian zone to the Catholic Church where we meet the priest. He’ll tell us more about the people living in the small remaining German communities. The poet Nikolaus Lenau is the best known representative of this German society. The house where he was born is nowadays a museum with a beautiful and large collection of Banat Swabian traditional dress. The Banat Swabians from Teremia Mare became well-known due to their good wines. Today, we enjoy a wine tasting session in the only open wine cellar at the end of our tour.


Day 2: Arad – Miniș

Arad is a modern city with an active cultural scene. The center of the city is an attractive, large boulevard from the 19th century with prestigious buildings, a theater, an Orthodox church, a Catholic cathedral, a concert hall, and the town hall built in the Neo-renaissance style.
Today, we get the taste of both Swabian culture and Swabian wines. In Miniș, we taste the Princess wines. The location, climate, and soil of this vineyard favors the production of red wine in particular. In the 105 ha vineyard 80% red grapes and 20% white grapes are grown, having an 8,000 hl storing capacity.


Day 3: Reșița – Recaș

In Reșița, the largest city in the Banat Highlands, we visit the open air collection of steam locomotives. German and Slovakian mine workers settled here in the time of the ‘Industrial revolution’. The coal produced here was used by all the locomotives of the Empire. It is said that this coal was as good as the one from England. The watermills of the Rudăria gorge are among the oldest in Europe and belong to the UNESCO patrimony. After visiting these watermills, we’re invited in a farmer’s household, in a mountain village, for a traditional meal. In the afternoon, we visit one of the oldest mountain railways in Eastern Europe. The landscape is astonishing: a stretch with untouched forests and another one with lime stone gorges. On this trip, we cross 10 bridges and 14 tunnels. In the evening, we enjoy another type of wine produced by Swabians in Recaș. The vineyard areas and wine region have benefited from centuries of influence from Hungarians, Bavarians and Austrians. Recaş is now a 700 ha modern winery and Romania’s largest exporter of bottled wine. It has a sub-Mediterranean climate, warmer and drier than the rest of Romania, with a longer harvest season, allowing many varieties to ripen easily.


Included services:

– 2 overnight stays with half board;

– All entry fees;

– Transport with bus according to the program;

– English speaking tour guide;

– 3 wine tasting sessions;